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STATE BUDGET-RARE FRIDAY SESSION
(2007-05-25)
(wgvu) - LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The state Legislature began a rare Friday
session today as the clock ticked toward school aid cuts and other
ramifications of the state's budget crisis.
But there wasn't much action as of 5 P.M.
A Saturday session was possible.
Lawmakers were waiting to see what developed from talks between
House and Senate leaders and Governor Granholm's administration.
The key question facing lawmakers was whether they would vote to
raise the state's personal income tax to help erase an 800 million
dollar deficit for this fiscal year.
The Democratic-controlled House has flirted with a tax increase
proposal for several days, but hasn't voted.
It's not clear if the plan has enough support to clear both the
House and the Republican-controlled Senate.
Lawmakers have known about the state's budget problems since at
least January. But negotiations have taken on a fresh sense of
urgency.
A projected school aid cut would start in June unless a solution
is reached.
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